Elia Viviani grabs Ewan’s victory to win Tour Down Under stage three
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Elia Viviani grabs Ewan’s victory to win Tour Down Under stage three. Full results available

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Quick-Step Floors man Elia Viviani has slipped past right at the finish line to take Ewan’s victory leaving him third as Sunweb’s Bauhaous takes second place.

 

His Tour Down Under stage three victory was has helped by a last-minute burst of sprint that pushed the rider on the first place leaving behind the overall race leader Ewan who ended up taking third and Team Sunweb’s rider Bauhaus who took second.

 

 

Today’s victory marks Viviani’s first one of the season.

 

“It’s the fourth sprint we do, and it’s not easy to come in January in good condition, so I think I never win in the early season like that. That’s a good thing. I feel really, really lucky to be here and to take this win,’ Viviani said.

 

“I just tried to be in good position,” Viviani said after the stage. “The guys did another perfect job. The feeling was good with the team. I have an amazing team. I really thank all of my mates.”

 

On the other hand, disappointed Ewan admitted that he botched the finale very badly even though his teammates worked hard to create the perfect lead-out for him.

 

“I’m pretty disappointed actually. My team gave me an absolutely perfect lead-out, but I really stuffed it up the end,” Ewan said. “It was a bit of a head wind and I didn’t want to go too early. I waited a little bit too long, and Elia got the jump on me. He was too quick to bring him back.

 

“I think in hindsight with that finish you are better off coming from behind as I did last year. But like I said, I cannot fault my team. They were absolutely perfect. They did exactly what I asked them to do, and it was my stuff up in the end.”

 

 

2018 Tour Down Under stage three results

 

Elia Viviani (Ita), Quick-Step Floors, 3-04-40

Phil Bauhaus (Ger), Team Sunweb

Caleb Ewan (Aus), Orica-Scott

Simone Consonni (Ita), UAE Team Emirates

Peter Sagan (Svk), Bora-Hansgrohe

Simon Clarke (Aus), EF Education First-Drapac

Alexander Edmondson (Aus), Mitchelton-Scott

Zak Dempster (Aus), Uni SA-Australia

Dries Devenyns (Bel), Quick-Step Floors

Jay McCarthy (Aus), Bora-Hansgrohe, all at same time

 

 

General classification so far

 

Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott, 10-58-36

Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors

Daryl Impey (Rsa) Mitchelton-Scott

Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe

Peter Sagan (Slo) Bora-Hansgrohe

Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin

Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin

Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE-Team Emirates

Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo

Anthony Roux (France) FDJ, at same time

 

 

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